Friday, January 14, 2011

Rest

I read today's 1st reading as if reading it for the first time.  It may actually be the first time I read it and got some insight, like a light at the end of the tunnel.  An "aaAahH" moment.  The reading I'm referring to is from the book of Hebrews 4:1-5,11:

1 Let us be on our guard while the promise of entering into his rest remains, that none of you seem to have failed. 2 For in fact we have received the good news just as they did. But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened. 3 For we who believed enter into that rest, just as he has said: “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter into my rest,’ ” and yet his works were accomplished at the foundation of the world. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner, “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works”; 5 and again, in the previously mentioned place, “They shall not enter into my rest.” 11 Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.
 
The author relates how God rested on the 7th day, which we usually refer to as Sunday, our day of rest from the long week of work, to our final rest, His promise of rest in eternity.  But this can only be received, by His grace and after our life of working for God's kingdom.  It's the first time that I saw the meaning of "rest" in this way.  Oh, how we long for rest especially after a long, hard day of work - in my case, housework and taking care of my family.  But this rest that we enjoy is only temporary, for we wake up again to other days of work.  How do I long for that rest, when the body, spirit and mind can truly be quiet and at peace.  I know if will only happen at the end of my life and only if I am faithful to His calling.  May we all "strive to enter into that rest".

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